"I believe that when we’re dead we’re dead, and that’s it. I often wonder if that makes me live my life a different way."
"Money is very important to me from the viewpoint that I would hate to be in debt. That’s the way my generation was brought up: if you wanted something you saved up. If I had to borrow to keep afloat I’d be really, really upset. I’ve no ambition to have more money than I need. I wouldn’t like to be without financial independence. I suppose there are some women who don’t mind being dependent on a partner or husband, but I couldn’t imagine doing that."
"I wouldn’t really call myself a feminist. ... ... Where I do get fiercely feminist is about abortion. I hate the idea, but, even more, I hate the idea of forcing women to carry and deliver a baby they don’t want. I think it’s outrageous that you have a whole load of men making those decisions ..."
"What do I think of politicians? A pile of f**king s**ts is what I think of them. All parties. Can you write that in The Irish Times or will they censor it?"
"I think the time is coming when Ireland should be self-sufficient in food. ... Imagine, Ireland is famous for potatoes, and there are potatoes from Israel in a shop here in Lismore. We should be growing all our own food. We’ve lost the run of ourselves."
"What I value most in others is honesty. What is life without it?"
"I have learned to be suspicious in general of the consumer society, to be deeply suspicious of it."
"I’m very solitary by nature. When I have company I enjoy it, but essentially I’m a solitary person."What a fantastic life she must have led. I'm looking forward to reading some of her books and getting to know this interesting woman a bit better.